Marvin E Loewen, SDA Gen Conf
on or General and Church Leader Assails State Closing Law RICHMOND (API -- An international international official of the Seventh- Day Adventist Church said Saturday Saturday that Sunday blue laws are "un-American and un-Christian." Marvin E. Loewen, secretary the department of religious liberty liberty of the General Conference for Seventh-Day Adventists, spoke at a "religious liberty workshop" here. He said laws which prohibit iness activity on Sunday are un- American because they violate constitutional provisions for the separation of church and state. They are un-Christian, Loewen said, b e c a u s e "Christ leaned on the arm of the state to enforce his beliefs." Sabbath On Saturday The Adventist church observes its Sabbath on Saturday. "The ideal way" to observe the Sabbath, Loewen said, is to "do it because you want to . .. Nol because some policeman is looking looking over your shoulder." '"When you start to legislate Sunday observance you're legislating legislating on a religious observance and the state should not legislate legislate on a religious issue," he the workshop. Loewen said support for Sunday Sunday blue laws comes principally from the Roman Catholic Church and labor unions.